The European Union is an important part of Britain's legal, economic and social structure. It focuses its budget on bringing growth and jobs, tackling climate change, cross-border crime, and other challenges that affect us all. It also supports eligible regions, such as Yorkshire and the Humber, by providing funds to help them regenerate their economies and create new jobs.
The Europa website is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up to date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration.
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What is the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)?
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is one of the 'Structural Funds' distributed by the European Commission, to areas in economic decline or in need of regeneration. It seeks to boost the Region’s economic performance, through investment to increase innovation, competitiveness and employment. The Commission provides these funds for investment, to reduce structural imbalances in economic performance within and between Member States.
ERDF is one of the largest of these funding sources and runs in 7 year Programme periods. The current programmes for 2007-2013 are managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in England, and are worth around €3.2billion (approximately £2.8 billion).
The Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Operational Programme for 2007-2013 describes how the Region will benefit from around £534 million, to support economic and social development for areas facing difficulties. The funds are awarded to public, private and voluntary sector organisations to support economic growth, businesses, communities and people. Grants go to projects that would not have taken place without it.
ERDF’s priorities are to -
- Promote innovation and research and development
- Stimulate and support successful businesses
- Build sustainable communities
In Yorkshire and the Humber, DCLG manages the ERDF Programme. Its main role in managing ERDF programmes in England is to ensure that they conform to the European Commission’s regulations, whilst also maximising economic growth.
Humber Technical Assistance Partnership (HTA)
Humber Technical Assistance (HTA) is a partnership led by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, that offers information and support (known as technical assistance) to Humber based organisations which are developing, applying for and delivering ERDF activity. We work closely with DCLG to assist with programme delivery, and to maximise funding opportunities for the Subregion.
To obtain help from the Humber Technical Assistance Partnership please visit the link below or contact us.
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